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UK registered car

Posted: Mon Jan 3, 2022 8:30am
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Chris33

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Hi all, now I am finally in Chiclana to live, I am looking at my options to driving my UK registered car. Is it worth registering  in Spain ? If so does anyone know of who can assist with this? Or should I bite the bullet and change to Spanish car.  I have researched this process but seems complicated to say the least. I would welcome any guidance.

Patricia11

Posted: Tue Jan 4, 2022 8:09am

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Posted: Tue Jan 4, 2022 8:09am

Hi Chris,

I've done these re-registrations in the past before passing them over to a friend of mine. There are tax office duties, European certificate of Conformity, ITV (MOT), document transfer etc.. It used to cost around 700€ plus the cost of changing the headlights.

HOWEVER.......I don't know if there have been any changes since Brexit. You may do well to contact someone like Temple Cambria lawyers in Conil to find out. Sooner rather than later if you are driving on UK plates........hope this helps.

Roger66

Posted: Sun Jan 9, 2022 1:01pm

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Posted: Sun Jan 9, 2022 1:01pm

A couple of years ago I was going to do it myself, but used Car-registrations-spain eventually. (Note the hyphens) They explained everything,  gave an accurate quote,  and got the job done on time. All paperwork,  headlights, fog and reversing lights, checked everything else.

It can be expensive for a newish car, but if you have an older but quality car that you like it can be worthwhile. Cost me under €2000 for a Subaru which I could have sold in UK for about 3000, cost of similar here about 8000+

Chris33

Posted: Sun Jan 9, 2022 4:58pm

Chris33

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Posted: Sun Jan 9, 2022 4:58pm

Patricia11 wrote on Tue Jan 4, 2022 8:09am:

Hi Chris,

I've done these re-registrations in the past before passing them over to a friend of mine. There are tax office duties, European certificate of Conformity, ITV (MOT), document transfer etc.. It used to cost around 700€ plus the cost of changing the headlights.

HOWEVER.......I don't know if there have been any changes since Brexit. You may do well to contact someone like Temple Cambria lawyers in Conil to find out. Sooner rather than later if you are driving on UK plates........hope this helps.

Hi thanks for the info, I have used Temple Canbria before for other stuff

Regards Chris

Mateo

Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2022 11:53am

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Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2022 11:53am

Along with all the administrative hassle, the big question is whether you'll have to replace the headlight units (you almost certainly will if it's a new car with LEDs) and switch over the reverse & fog lights at the rear. If you do, you might decide that it'll be prohibitively expensive.
However, the question then becomes what to do with the car if you do decide that it will cost too much to complete all the changes required to have it re-registered here...  The only sensible option is to drive it back to the UK and sell it there as you won't get much for a RHD car here as there really isn't much of a market and there's plenty of unsold stock.  Fortunately, the global shortage of semi-conductors has led to a significant rise in the value of second hand cars worldwide so it might be an option to consider (although what you gain on the selling price, you'll lose again on the buying price here...).

Good luck whatever you choose to do, but I'd get on with making a decision if I were you as the Guardia seem to be enjoying stopping British-registered cars at the moment...

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